51 Ways to Make Money Online in 2023
I am often asked how to make money online, and although there are many ways to do it, some are easier than others. There are no get-rich-quick schemes, and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. Be prepared to put in the time and a fair amount of money in some cases.
My best advice is to treat your online endeavour like a business. It’s that simple. And if you’re not afraid of working hard, you can earn some pretty good money. To help you get inspired, here are 51 ways to make money online in Canada.
1. Become a Freelance Writer
Freelance writers get paid to create written content for websites and traditional publications, like newspapers and magazines. All you need is a laptop and an internet connection, though it helps if you have expertise in a certain area, like personal finance, travel, parenting, etc.
The more you write in a particular niche, the more you can establish yourself as a trusted voice. A great way to get noticed is to start a blog, as it can act as a resume of sorts.
2. Sell Homemade Goods on Etsy
If you enjoy arts and crafts, you can make good money selling your own products on Etsy, the world’s largest online marketplace for homemade and vintage goods. Millions of people visit Etsy, giving you a huge audience where you can sell your products.
Before opening your Etsy shop, here are some things to consider.
3. Rent Out Your Home on Airbnb
Millions worldwide are making money by renting out their homes, or even a room in their home, via Airbnb. In fact, some have managed to make Airbnb their full-time business. The beauty of Airbnb is that you choose when to make your home available and the price you’ll charge.
Find out how to list your property through Airbnb, and turn your property into an income-earning machine.
4. Sell Your Stuff
Selling your stuff is a great way to make money in just a few hours. If you find yourself in a cash crunch or financial emergency of sorts, get rid of stuff you don’t need by selling it online through sites like Facebook Marketplace, Kijiji, Craigslist, eBay, and Amazon. For Canadians, Kijiji is great because it’s free to list things for sale, and the site is easy to use.
Before you start selling stuff online, however, there are some things you’ll need to know. Check out this post for some great tips on how to sell your stuff.
5. Start a Blog
It takes a lot of hard work and (and some luck) to make money blogging, but if you’re up for the challenge, it’s possible to make a lot of money.
Money-making bloggers earn income from various sources, including ad revenue, affiliate marketing, brand sponsorships, and by selling digital products, like eBooks or online courses.
For a more in-depth look, check out this article on blogging for money.
6. Sign Up for Swagbucks
Swagbucks pays you cash rewards to complete simple online tasks. For example, you can watch videos, complete surveys, or search the web. Swagbucks keeps track of your online activities and rewards you with Swagbucks, which you can exchange for gift cards and cash.
7. Complete Online Surveys
You won’t get rich making money on a survey site. But if you have some downtime and like voicing your opinion on surveys, you can make a few dollars in less than an hour. Survey sites like Survey Junkie, Daily Rewards, or Opinion Outpost can help you make extra money online.
8. Start a Youtube Channel
Making money on YouTube can take a while, but it is definitely possible. The most common way is to earn revenue on ads displayed in and around your video content. The more views your videos receive, the more money you can make. You do need to hit a minimum threshold to qualify for YouTube’s Partner Program.
If you can create videos that educate and entertain, more people will want to watch. Here’s a, you guessed it, YouTube video that has some great tips on getting started.
9. Record a Podcast
If you have a computer and internet connection and have something to say, you could be making money online by starting your own podcast. Like blogging, podcasting won’t make you rich overnight. After all, it takes time to build an audience. Once you do, you can make money through brand sponsorships or through affiliate marketing.
For more information, here are 8 ways podcasters can make a profit.
10. Web Design
Web design is a skill that can be entirely self-taught. The first step is to build a few websites of your own. Once you get the hang of it, you can offer your services to others. Depending on how developed your skills are, you can charge a decent sum of money. While it is a competitive field, experienced web designers can command thousands of dollars to build a site.
11. Rent Out Your Motorhome
Owning an RV can be an expensive venture, but thanks to apps like Rvezy, and Outdoorsy, you now have the ability to make money by renting out your motorhome. The nice thing is that you set the price and the time your RV will be available to rent.
It’s not uncommon to make upwards of $200/day. You may even make enough money to cover the costs of your own RV adventures.
12. Sell Concert Tickets on Stubhub
Sites like Stubhub allow you to resell concert or sports tickets for a profit, and it’s all legal. That’s because you’re using their platform, which follows all of the proper legal requirements. But how does one make money flipping tickets? There’s a bit of an art to this, so you really need to do your research. But by snagging tickets on an in-demand event, you’ll have an opportunity to sell at a later date to someone who wasn’t missed out on a sold-out show.
Here’s a great article that explains the ins and outs of ticket reselling.
13. Selling Products Through Shopify
If there are products you want to sell online, you can do so through Shopify. They’ll help you set up your own online store, including sorting out payment options and even handling promotions and shipping.
To find out more about the services Shopify offers, check out their website.
14. Become an SEO Consultant
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, the process of maximizing the number of visitors to a website by improving its standing on popular search engines, like Google.
It takes some experience to learn proper SEO techniques, but it’s something that you can learn through research and plain old, trial and error.
If you have experience with SEO, you can get paid to consult businesses on their SEO practices and help them improve their traffic.
15. Sell Your Old Smartphone
If you’re like most people who upgrade their smartphone every couple of years, you can get a few hundred dollars for your current iPhone or Android device.
Your cell phone provider will offer you a credit when you trade in your old iPhone or Android device, or you could choose to sell it online. Orchard and Swappa are two sites dedicated to the selling of used phones and other electronics.
16. Manage Facebook Ads for Local Businesses
Ever notice the posts marked ‘sponsored’ that show up on your Facebook feed? Those are ads paid for by the endless number of companies vying for your attention.
Businesses pay good money to place ads on Facebook, but they need someone to help them build the ads and run the campaigns.
You can make money from home by managing Facebook Ads for small businesses in your area. Fitness clubs, coffee shops, and even vet clinics, or chiropractic offices make for great potential clients.
17. Find a Remote Job
More companies than ever are hiring work-from-home employees. The best way to locate work from jobs is to visit the careers page on the company’s website, and refine your search using keyword filters, like ‘remote’ and ‘work from home.
Well-known brands, such as American Express, Staples, and Google, have all been known to hire work-from-home employees.
I’ve included a long list of companies that hire stay-at-home workers in this article.
18. Become a Website Tester
If you spend a lot of time surfing the web, there’s a good chance you know what makes a great website. Some companies will pay you up to $30/hour to browse through website content and document your experience.
19. Write an eBook to Sell on Amazon
You can monetize a specific skill by creating an eBook and selling it on your blog or a huge marketplace, such as Amazon. Amazon will take their cut, but you maintain the rights to your work and set the price. There is some upfront work involved but once it’s ready, it’s all passive income.
20. Create Online Courses
If you have a specific skill or have found success in a specific area, there’s a chance you can monetize it by creating an online course. To make a significant amount of money, it’s a lot easier if you have an established audience that you’ve built trust with. One way to grow your fanbase is to offer e-books or mini-courses free of charge to add value.
21. Get Paid to Stay Fit
Here’s one of the more interesting money-making ideas you’ll come across. Want to stay in shape and get paid? Apps like Evidation and Sweatcoin pay you to stay in shape. They track your activities using your smartphone, Fitbit, etc. and award you points as you go.
Eventually, you can convert your points into gift cards, merchandise, etc. It’s not a lucrative money maker, but it’s a great way to make a little extra cash while you’re already doing something you love.
22. Sell Freelance Services on Upwork or Fiverr
Here’s a great money making idea. Whether you’re an accountant, graphic designer, computer programmer, or video editor, there is someone willing to pay you for that skill set. The beauty of freelance work is that you’re the boss. You choose what clients you want to work for, and set your price.
Don’t worry about having a specialized skill. Virtual assistants make money from performing routine tasks, such as data entry, replying to emails, or managing social media accounts.
23. Online Travel Agent
This is a great way for travel buffs to make money online. Earn a commission income by helping travellers with their flight and hotel arrangements and other aspects of the vacation planning, i.e. cruises, and excursions.
24. eBay Reseller
eBay resellers sell products online after buying them at a steep discount. With experience, they learn to spot bargains and figure out which products are in demand and will be easy to sell. Head over to eBay, and browse the listings to get inspired.
25. Graphic Designer
If you know your way around programs like Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, you could be offering freelance services as a graphic designer. Many businesses need these services but don’t have the budget to hire an employee full-time.
26. Social Media Manager
Do you spend hours on Snapchat and Instagram? If so, why not get paid for it? These days, every business needs to have a social media presence, but many entrepreneurs don’t have the time to stay on top. Some companies will outsource social media tasks to someone who can build an audience and create engaging content.
Try reaching out to businesses in your area, and offer to create and manage social media content for a monthly fee. You might be surprised by their willingness to pay for this service.
27. Publish and Sell Stock Photos
Perhaps you love taking pictures but have no interest in dealing with the demands of wedding or family photography. Instead, you could publish your best photos and list them for sale on stock photography websites.
Here’s a list of the best stock photo sites where you can sell photos.
28. Turo – Rent Out Your Ride
Does your car sit in your driveway, not being used? You can take advantage of your car’s downtime with Turo, a ride-sharing app that lets you rent out your car on your own schedule.
Here’s how it works: List your car on the app, wait for a request, and either accept or decline. Meet your guest at a predetermined location. Ensure you check their license and do a walkaround of the car with them before they set off. Arrange for pickup when they’re finished using it.
Visit Turo for more details or to list your car today.
29. Work for a Food Delivery Service
Here’s a great gig economy job. If you have a reliable set of wheels, consider signing up for a food delivery service, like Skip The Dishes. While you’ll need to leave the house for food delivery, this business model works by connecting restaurants with local drivers via the Skip The Dishes app. The best part? You decide how when and how often you want to work.
Find out how you can become a Skip The Dishes courier here.
30. Rakuten (formerly eBates)
Rakuten pays you cash back when to shop at your favourite online stores through their website. Rakuten has hundreds of retail partners, including Sportchek, Old Navy, Sephora, Amazon, Best Buy, etc. The company has been around for over a decade and has paid out over $70 million in cash back since it launched in 2012.
Paymi is similar to Rakuten in that you earn cash back when you shop at their many partner retail stores, but where Rakuten is geared toward online shopping, Paymi syncs to your debit and/or credit card. Once you complete the initial setup, all you need to do is spend, and Paymi will take care of the rest. It’s a seamless way to earn cash back. CIBC customers may be eligible for enhanced rewards from time to time, as the two companies have a partner relationship.
Another entry in the field of cash-back loyalty companies is Drop. Like Paymi, Drop syncs to your bank account through your debit/credit card and offers rewards when you shop at any of their partner stores. Here’s a tip. If you sync Drop (or Paymi, for that matter) to a credit card that earns cash back or points towards travel, you can multiply your rewards.
Visit Drop for more information, or sign up to begin earning rewards.
33. Lending Loop
Lending Loop is a peer-to-peer lending platform that matches borrowers to lenders. In other words, you combine your money with thousands of other Canadians and lend it to small businesses that require access to capital. You make money on the interest that’s collected from the various loans.
Peer-to-peer lending offers the potential for above-average returns, and when done carefully, can be a nice complement to your overall investment portfolio.
Use this link to have $25 added to your account once you lend $1500!
34. Roundup Savings with Moka
Roundup savings platforms make it easy to save money. Moka is similar to Acorns in the US. Moka rounds up your spare change and deposits it into an interest-bearing investment. Moka syncs to your debit and/or credit card and tracks your purchases. Every time you spend money, Moka rounds up your purchase to the nearest dollar and moves the ‘spare change into an investment account.
A Robo-advisor is an online investment platform that requires little to no human oversight. In other words, you can make money on your savings without a face-to-face meeting with a financial advisor at your bank. Whether you’re saving for retirement or your next vacation, there’s a Robo-advisor portfolio that’s right for you.
36. Online Brokers
If you prefer a DIY investment approach, you can save a lot of money and earn passive income by investing through an online broker such as Questrade or Virtual Brokers. Online brokers give you access to a wide range of investments, such as stocks, bonds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and mutual funds.
In fact, if you open an account with Questrade, you won’t pay any fees to purchase ETFs.
37. Open a High-Interest Savings Account
Online banks have exploded in popularity in recent years. Names like Tangerine, Simplii Financial, and EQ Bank have become synonymous with ultra-low cost, high-interest day-to-day banking. Some of them are affiliated with traditional banks, giving the account holder access to their huge ATM networks.
38. Create and Sell Tee-Shirts Online
People love spending money on t-shirts. If you can find a great design and market it to the right niche, you can make a lot of money. To make life easier, some companies will handle all of the sales and printing and shipping. You need to market the product, which can be easier said than done, of course.
39. Become a Virtual Assistant
Do you love to help others? Do you have administrative skills and a desire to work remotely? If so, you can make good money as a virtual assistant. Small business owners everywhere require assistance with tasks that they themselves don’t have the time to perform.
Whether it’s checking and responding to emails or managing social media accounts, a virtual assistant can be a valuable resource to a small business.
You can find virtual assistant jobs by advertising your services through freelancer sites like Upwork.
40. Become an Online Tutor
If you love to teach and have skills in math or English, you can find work as an online tutor. Online tutoring services such as Tutor.com or VIP Kid also pay quite well, making it a great way to make some extra cash. Whether you want to teach English online, or tutor someone in math, there are plenty of options.
41. Teach Music Online
Turn your love for singing, or playing a musical instrument into extra income, by offering music lessons online. Lessons can be done over video via Skype, making it almost as though you’re in the room with your student. As for payment, it’s easier than ever with Interac E-Transfer or Paypal.
42. Tax Preparation
This can be a great way to make money at tax time. You can earn money online by helping people with their income tax returns, and you don’t need a master’s degree. Software apps, such as SimpleTax and TurboTax, make online tax prep incredibly easy.
You can complete most tax returns within an hour or two, but not everyone wants to be bothered and are willing to pay someone else to do the job.
43. Offer Bookkeeping Services
If you know your way around booking software, such as Quickbooks, you can pick up work doing bookkeeping for small businesses. This is often very part-time work, a few hours per week, so depending on how much time you have, you could choose to take on several clients.
Start by advertising your services through your local Facebook Community Group or by reaching out to small businesses in your area.
44. Online Coaching
If you have a well-developed skill set, along with some real-life experience in any number of fields, people will hire you as an online coach. Fitness & nutrition, sales, leadership, human resource management, you name it. You set your price and decide how much you want to work. Online coaching can be a very lucrative online business.
Do you love to read? Do you pay close attention to the fine print? If so, you can make money in your spare time by working as a proofreader. What I love about proofreading is that it’s completely location-independent. You can work from anywhere; all you need is a laptop.
46. Test Search Engines
Several companies will hire remote workers to test search engines. Businesses like Lionbridge will supply you with search queries, and it’s your job to implement and then record your observations and provide feedback. This is a great work-at-home, online job to do in your free time.
47. Buy and Sell Domain Names
Did you know? People make money trading website domain names just like trading stocks. Over time, the demand for certain domain names rises and falls. If you’re patient, you can profit by buying a domain at a low price in the hopes of selling it at a profit in the future. Like the stock market, there’s some risk involved, but it can be a lucrative way to make money online over the long term.
For more information on how to make money with domain names, check out this article.
48. Sell Your Songs
If you’re a songwriter and have recorded music, there are various ways to sell your music online. Websites like CD Baby and TuneCore act as music publishing services for independent artists. Upload your music, and for a fee, they will distribute it to all of the major online streaming services, such as Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play. You’ll receive royalties whenever your music is streamed on those sites.
49. Audio or Video Editor
Many content creators don’t have the time to edit their own audio or video recordings. If you have the skills, you can make good money as an audio or video editor. You can send and receive files online, making this a job you can do from anywhere.
This article explains how you can become a video editor.
50. Earn Affiliate Income with a Niche Website
If you have interest or expertise in a specific area, like travel credit cards or calligraphy for beginners, you can build a website devoted to that topic and make extra money through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketers make money by recommending products they believe in and use themselves. When website visitors click on a link and purchase the recommended product, the affiliate earns a small commission.
You can make anywhere from a few dollars a month to a full-time income through affiliate marketing. For more information, check out this 11-step guide to building a niche website.
51. Buy an Existing Website
Perhaps you’d rather skip the work of building your own website from scratch. Well, today you can. Several online marketplaces will allow you to purchase a website that’s already established and making money.
The price will depend on several factors, including the website’s existing cash flow. To get inspired, make sure you browse the listings over at Flippa, a leading online business marketplace.
How to Make Money Online: Final Thoughts
There is something gratifying about making money online from the comfort of your own home or anywhere you can get a wifi connection, for that matter.
It’s also nice to have the flexibility to be your own boss and take breaks whenever you need them. The main thing to remember is that if you want to make anything more than pocket change online, you need to treat it like a business rather than a hobby.